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    History of the House Ways and Means Committee

    House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and political commentator Cokie Roberts delivered remarks at a program celebrating the history of the committee.

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    Newsmakers with Senator Richard Shelby

    Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the Senate Banking Committee, talked about the banking system since the implementation of financial regulatory reform. Senator Shelby said the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law July 21, 2010, had encouraged banks to grow larger and more concentrated, instead of reducing risk. He also discussed the fate of the Export-Import Bank and policies under Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Other topics included sanctuary cities and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He also said that there was to a higher level of tension in Congress than he had seen before. The number of senators running for president was one factor he thought contributed. He added that Senator Bob Dole managed the Senate well as leader. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Q&A with Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville

    Filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon talked about their documentary Best of Enemies, which tells the story of the famous 1968 televised debates between conservative William F. Buckley and liberal Gore Vidal. In 1968, during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, ABC sponsored ten debates in which the two writers and commentators talked about the issues of the day, from war, to politics, God, and sex. The guests also discussed their careers as filmmakers as well as politics, music, race relations, and other cultural elements of American society.

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    Newsmakers with Representative Harold Rogers

    House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) talked about the appropriations process, which had become increasingly encumbered by partisanship in recent years, and the potential for a continuing resolution and an omnibus bill in the fall. He discussed the small number of House members who had experienced “regular order,” the process by which Congress works on bills in committee, engages with stakeholders, offers and votes on amendments to bills, and passes or rejects legislation. Other topics included presidential politics and the campaign of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Q&A with Molly Crabapple

    Molly Crabapple talked about her drawings of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, as well as videos she has created on a variety of topics, including immigration detention centers. She also spoke about her career, political views, and how she approaches her work.

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    Q&A with Kristen Soltis Anderson

    Kristen Soltis Anderson talked about her book The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up), in which she examines shifting demographics in the U.S. and how they could affect future elections at the federal level. She also spoke about trends in technology, as well as social and cultural changes taking place within the millenial generation.